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I am ten and bought this book on my kindle. I like sitas books, especially artichoke hearts. the beginning of this bok rwas great. catching and full of suspence, leaving the reader with excitant over what was in the letter, why did she LEAVE (only a half spoiler) but towards the end it draggsssssssssssss, and gets increadably boring with no sence of where the book is going. it sort of gives up in the middle and slowly bores, then as if that last chance to grab the attention. everyone dies! :( a good book all together but end is disappointing. :(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(::(:(:(:(:(:(:(
Sita Bramachari's novels always tackle emotional transitions with a deeply felt but respectful perspective. 'KIte Spirit' explores the confusion and desolation felt by the main character, Kite, when her best friend takes her own life suddenly and shockingly. Teenage suicide is a tough subject to tackle: to make real the pain for those close to the victim coming to terms with a perceived failure to act, to identify the nature and depth of depression during these turbulent years. The author has chosen to situate the novel in Cumbria, a landscape of dark water and high mountains and the backdrop of the Lake District, a new and different environment for Kite used to urban London, serves to reflect the spectrum of emotions in the wake of the death . The back story of the search for the grandmother and the resulting discoveries across the generations make this a satisfyingly rounded journey through the stages of grieving and moving on. As always with Sita's novels for young adults, these are books for parents and grandparents to read and consider.
I read this wonderful novel in one sitting. It tackled the very difficult and thorny subject of teenage suicide with great skill and sensitivity. The main character - Kite - was extremely convincingly drawn.. The descriptions of the Lake District and surrounding nature made me want to go there and the underlying theme of loss of a deep friendship/sister was terribly moving. I highly recommend this book. It is a very accomplished novel aimed at teenagers but as an adult I got a lot out of it.